18 August 2015

London | 10 Things To Do In Greenwich Village

Since moving from Greenwich and into central London I don't really visit this part of London so much, but when the sun is out in London Greenwich is the place to be. Think views across the town, beautiful park, bustling restaurants with river views and historical buildings beaming with charm that you will want to spend a full day here. Just bring a picnic basket and find a spot on the green. Most poeple when visiting London only concentrate on the London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Pauls and a few other place that they few are the perfect tourist spots to hit up. That goes for other Londoners too, if you havent been to Greenwich, or Greenwich Village as its called now, then you need to check it out.

I thought I would put together  a 10 things to do in Greenwich Village. Other than getting yourselves food most things to see and do in this part are all free. 


First things first, how do you get to Greenwich Village? You can get here by DLR trains, there are plenty of buses from central London or my personal preference is by boat! Take the boat and get off at Cutty Sark and begin your exploring. If you are exploring central London, you can pick up the MNBA boat from Westminster, St Pauls/Tate Modern Pier, London Bridge and Tower Castle Pier. If you want to explore London by boat then I would suggest getting a ticket that allows you to hop on and hop off. This way you can explore most of the major spots mentioned all by boat.

10 Things To See and Do In Greenwich Village

  1. 1. Cutty Sark: The last of the 19th Century tea-clippers. The Cutty Sark was resorted and reopened only  2 years ago. It was the finest and fastest ship of its day and now sits by the river side just as you get off the boat at the pier, you will have a view of this beautiful ship in your view. You can walk right underneath the boat too. Open from 10am-5pm and costs £13.50 for adults and £7 for children.
  2. 2. Greewich Observatory:  Founded in 1675 by Charles II in aid of promoting safer navigation. It contains astronimical instruments as well as many items of interest. One of the Observatory's towers features a red time ball that drops at 1pm every days, a device orginally intended to enable vessals in the river to regulate their chronometers. This is also where you will find the zero meridian of longitude, dividing the world into eastern and western halves. Its open between 10am-5pm and costs £7 for adults and £2.50 for adults.
  3. 3. The Queen's House: The Palladian masion that sit right next to the Maritime Museum. A masterpiece. Famous for its tulip stairs and superb collection of fine art with Greenwich Park as its garden you dont have further to walk for your next attraction. Entry is FREE!
  4. 4. Greenwich Naval College: No visit to Greenwich is complete without visiting the Greenwich Naval College. The beautiful Pained Hall and Chapel are all places that are a must see. The college sits on the grounds that were occupied by the palace belonging to Edward I and later Henry VII. It's also where Henry VII was born, where Catherine of Aragon and Anne Cleves were born. This place later became a hospital for sick and disabled seamen while Christopher Wren(architect who also built St Paul's Cathedral), went on to build a new palace. With that much history, this is not a place to pass up. It also helps that its FREE to explore!
  5. 5. Check Out The Greenwich Markets and Shops: Greenwich market has been trading since the 1700s, now a popular and bustling market with homemade food stalls, flowers, books, young and up coming designers, one of whom is close friend of mine whose brand has blossomed. You can now find her closes on ASOS or her website at Sika Designs. The Greenwich Market opens Tuesdays and Sundays and free to explore.
  6. 6. Climb The O2: An iconic building in London, previously know as the Millenium Dome has been transformed from one of the most hated capital buildings(due to how much money the government threw at it). Now a plush hall housing many restaurants in addition to be used for concerts, exhibitions, and live sports. What most people don't know is that you can now climb to the top of the building for a little exhilarating adventure in the city. Free to explore the dome but pretending to be spiderman and climbing the dome costs about £25, also wise to book in advance as there are no special treatments for superheros.
  7. 7. The Food Scene: If you haven't tried the freshly made food at the market then start with that. You will food interesting combinations of cupcake flavours to tasty Asian food there but once the markets close your have a choice of restaurants to choose from. From your global chains like Nandos, Pizza Express to Greenwich's own famous. I could name names but I will let Time Out's post on Restaurants in Greenwich give your details.
  8. 8. National Maritime Museum: The museum houses the world's largest collection of navy artifacts; ranging from Tudor to Stuart times. These can be found in the museum and the Queens House. There is a huge interactive map of the world used to detail details of some of the famous events in naval history.
  9. 9. Ride The Emirates Airline Cable Cars: Crossing the river has never been more fun. This is London's only cable cars crossing the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and Royal Docks. The flight lasts 10 minutes with cars living and arriving every 30 seconds. You can use your oyster cards here. It's £4.50 for adults and £2.50 for children. They also offer other experiences that cost a little bit more. (If you are heading to Cutty Sark by boat, you can stop here first by boat  and pick up the same boat to Cutty Sark for the rest of this list.)
  10. 10. Picnic in Greenwich Park: Greenwich park covers 183 acres of land and one of London's oldest parks among the eight Royal Parks. Open from 6am until late in the evening so its perfect for morning strolls, picnics and even better for watching the sunsets with views into the city. You also have the Old Royal Observatory, Ranger's House with the Werner Collection of Jewellery, paintings and silver ware.
Below are some of the things and places to look forward to on your explorations of the area.

The Cutty Sark
Emirates Airline Cable Cars
Climb The O2

Views from Observatory - Greenwich Park, Queens House, Greenwich Royal Naval College
Inside The Queens House - Tulip Stairs
The Painted Hall - Royal Naval College

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  1. I have lived in London. I have visited London as a tourist God only knows how many times. I regularly go and I have yet to make to to Greenwich. Shame on me. You made me want to go!

  2. I haven't been to Greenwich but would love to check it out! The views of London look great and the markets sound like something I'd love to visit! Nice post!

  3. Wow, this place is stunning!! :O I have yet to visit London ( :( ); though, this is the first place I'm going once I get my chance!! <3 Your pictures are amazing, thank you for sharing!

    1. Oh then you must definitely come soon! I love this part of London. Th beautiful views from Greenwich park, museums, markets and restaurants. Love the bustle to it. Definitely a place you should check out.

  4. Greenwich is such a lovely area of London, I love the view from the observatory. Not been on the cable cars yet but we can't wait to get back down south and try it out!

    1. Yeap. Definitely a great way to cross the Thames. Plus the views are great too. Nearest station is North Greenwich and its just behind so easily accessible.

  5. I love this city so much <3 breathtaking pictures!!!

  6. I only went to Greenwich for the first time at the end of last year but it's amazing there! The views from the observatory hill are unbeatable xx

  7. We don't often stray far away from North and East london but should definitely check out Greenwich - it looks like there's so many beautiful and exciting things going on :)
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